According to the 2010 US Department of Agriculture report, Texas received $5.5 billion in food stamps for the 2010 fiscal year. But as the recession still looms, food stamp use in Texas continues to rise.
According the USDA, nearly 46 million Americans use food stamps. Texas has the second highest hunger rate in the nation with 15% of the population, or 3.7 million, on food stamps, half of which are children. The Census bureau reports that 19% of Texans have trouble getting food, which exceeds the nation's 15%. The USDA defines food accessibility as the measure of participation among people eligible for membership, and Texas ranks in as 39th.
The interactive map below from The Wall Street Journal, allows you to compare food stamp use state by state. Last updated this past May, this map is fairly recent.